Reports that cutaneous (skin) leishmaniasis may be spreading in Sri Lanka

Although several media have reported an increase in cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis (the skin form of this infection), authorities have denied that there is a nationwide epidemic of this infection. The reported cases occurred mostly in rural areas such as the dry zones (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Hambantota, and Matara). This report does not provide the total number of cases, and so it is difficult to assess the overall risk of exposure.

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Advice For Travellers

Except for certain geographic areas, the risk of exposure for the general traveller is very low. However, since the risk may vary from place to place, travellers can minimize the risk of exposure to leishmaniasis by taking all necessary precautions to avoid sand fly bites, especially when visiting rural areas.

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